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The Frankfurt motor show is kind of a big deal, with automakers from MINI to Mercedes-Benz unveiling all kinds of new vehicles at this event
Of course, there are tons of production models are on display at this biennial event, but we can’t forget about the concept cars! Accordingly, here are eight of our favorite design studies from Frankfurt.
BMW X7 iPerformance Concept
This big, brown bomber previews the BMW brand’s upcoming full-size utility vehicle. Up front, there’s a new interpretation of the brand’s iconic twin-kidney grille along and along the sides there are hockey-stick bits of brightwork. Inside, there’s room for six in a spacious cabin that’s trimmed with premium leather and open-pore ash-wood trim. Digital instruments are displayed on a huge 12.3-inch screen, while a panoramic glass roof lets light pour in. On the performance front, there really aren’t any details to share about the X7’s powertrain other than it will be a plug-in hybrid.
MINI Electric Concept
Next up, a MINI. The British brand is once again getting into the EV segment. Making its global debut here in Frankfurt am Main is the firm’s Electric Concept, not a particularly imaginative name, but what can you do? This car should provide sustainable mobility to urbanites around the world. Now, no information about this vehicle’s drivetrain has been released other than that it features a lithium-ion battery pack. Production is slated to kick off in 2019.
Kia Proceed Concept
This shimmering beauty is the Kia Proceed Concept, which is dressed to kill in Lava Red paint. That finish is built up from multiple layers, all of which were hand-applied. This car was created in the South Korean automaker’s Frankfurt design center, just half a kilometer or so from where it debuted at the show. Sleek and sweptback with a long roofline, this concept previews what the next-generation Cee’d Euro-market compact car could look like. Those “Sharkblades” on the side are undoubtedly its most noteworthy element, though the 20-inch alloy wheels are hard to miss as well.
Smart Vision EQ Fortwo
As you might have guessed, this Smart is all electric and completely autonomous, the first Daimler vehicle without a steering wheel or pedals, in fact. It was created with car-sharing services in mind, which are projected to quintuple in popularity by 2025, swelling to nearly 37 million users globally. In step with estimated growth, this smart can be summoned by a personal electronic device. Power is provided by a 30-kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can feed the electrical grid during times of heavy demand.
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Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA
Next up, the Mercedes-Benz Concept EQA, which just made its grand debut here in Frankfurt. Sporting a generous 60-kWh lithium-ion battery pack, this smooth-bodied hatch should offer a driving range of around 400 kilometers, about 250 miles. As for performance, it features two electric motors – one at each end – which provide all-wheel traction along with about 268 horsepower and 368 pound-feet of torque. The blitz to mile-a-minute speed should take around five seconds, which is plenty quick.
MINI John Cooper Works GP Concept
Inspired by MINI’s Monte Carlo Rally victories five decades ago, this machine is pared down to the bare minimum. One glance inside is all it takes to know this car means business as there are just two bucket seats with five-point harnesses, a roll cage and little else. No powertrain or production information has been released but aside from that fetching red-and-black body, it rolls on 19-inch wheels.
Undoubtedly, one of the coolest concepts revealed in Frankfurt this year is from a home-team automaker. The Audi Aicon is a fully autonomous electric vehicle with a maximum range of up to 800 kilometers, just shy of 500 miles. Each one of its massive 26-inch wheels is driven by an individual electric motor. These units deliver more than 400 pound-feet of torque, which we’d hazard to bet provides rapid acceleration. Since this machine drives itself, there are no pedals or steering wheel inside, which results in lounge-like cabin. The interior is reconfigurable with room for up to four passengers.
Honda Urban EV Concept
The Honda Urban EV Concept won us over with its slick, retro styling. A wisp shorter than the brand’s Fit subcompact, its interior still has room for up to four people on a pair of old-school bench seats, while a ginormous display screen dominates the dashboard. Far from some pie-in-the-sky art project, this car hints at the design and technology that will be offered in an upcoming Honda, one that’s set to launch in 2019. Let’s hope the production model looks as cool as this!
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